Belgrave St Ives - Modern & Contemporary Art

Trevor Bell

Trevor Bell (1930-2017)

Born: Leeds

Studied: Leeds College of Art 1947 - 1952


Career Overview:

In his twenties, working in West Cornwall, he made his reputation as a leading member of the younger generation of St. Ives artists who established British art on the world stage. Following his enormously successful first one-man exhibition at the Waddington Galleries in London in 1958, Trevor Bell was awarded the Paris Biennale International Painting Prize and an Italian Government Scholarship. He later became a Gregory Fellow in painting at Leeds University. After a larger travelling retrospective in Scotland, Ireland and England in 1970 and a major one-man show at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in 1973, Trevor was invited to become Professor for Master (Graduate) Painting at the Florida State University in Tallahassee. There he developed the large-scale, intensely coloured paintings for which he is best known.


Exhibition Overview:

Important exhibitions were held at the Corcoran Gallery and the Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Museum in Miami, the Cummer Gallery in Jacksonville and the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was included in the London Tate Gallery's St. Ives 1939 - 1964 exhibition, and more recently in the 1996-7 and 1998-9, exhibited large scale paintings at the Tate Gallery, St Ives. He has been a regular exhibitor in private galleries in Miami, Atlanta and Chicago, and has had works purchased and commissioned by numerous international museum, public and private collections. He was twice a recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Council of Florida. He has lived and worked in England, France, Italy and Canada, returning to live in Cornwall in 1996. In 1998, Florida State University honoured him with an Emeritus Professorship.


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2004
Tate Gallery, St Ives
Berkeley Square Gallery, London
2003
New Millennium Gallery, St Ives
Trevor Bell: A British Painter in America, Florida State
University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, Florida
Galerie Pelar Ltd, Greenport, New York
Seven Worchester, Bath
2000
North Light Gallery, Huddersfield
1999
Stephen Lacey Gallery, London
1998
Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
Falmouth College of Arts, Falmouth
1996
Illinois Centre, Chicago
1995
Art Collectors Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida
Mercantile Exchange Building, Chicago
Marsha Orr Contemporary Fine Art, Tallahassee, Florida
1993
Division of Cultural Affairs, Tallahassee, Florida
Lin & Keng Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1992
Foster Harmon Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
Jaffe/Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida
1991
Gloria Luria Gallery, Florida Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, Florida 1991
1990
Foster Harmon Gallery, Florida
1990 -2002
Lydon Fine Art, Chicago
Eve Mannes Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Gillian Jason Gallery, London
1989
New Art Centre, London
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Gloria Luria Gallery, Bal Harbour, Florida
1988
Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Charleston College, South Carolina
1986
Foster Harmon Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
Cummer Museum, Jacksonville, Florida
1985
Metropolitan Museum, Coral Gates, Miami, Florida
Gloria Luria Gallery, Bal Harbour, Florida
1984
Big Magenta installation, Florida State University Center for Professional Development, Tallahassee
1983
Shaped Work from the 60's Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
1982
National Academy of Science, Washington DC
1981
Intimate Works on Paper, Virginia Miller Gallery, Miami, Florida
Artspace, Miami, Florida
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
1980
Five Bar exhibited, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
1975
Southern Cross exhibited, Bundestag, Born, Germany
1973
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1970
Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh Arts Council of Northern Ireland Gallery, Belfast
Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield
1969
Lancaster University Greenwich Gallery, London
1964
Waddington Gallery, London
1960
Waddington Gallery, London
1958
Waddington Gallery, London
1957
Wakefield City Art Gallery


Selected Mixed Exhibitions:

2002
Seven Worchester Terrace, Bath
1999
Tate Gallery, St. Ives
Harewood House, Yorkshire
1998
Harewood House, Yorkshire
Tate Gallery, St. Ives
1997
Gallery Arni, Seoul, S. Korea
Harrogate Festival, Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate
New Millennium Gallery, St. Ives
Museum Celje, Slovenia
1996
Tate Gallery, St. Ives
Manif International, Seoul, S. Korea
1995
Tate Gallery, St. Ives
Jason & Rhodes Gallery, London
John Moores Exhibition, Liverpool
1994
Art Collectors Gallery, Coral Gables, Miami, Florida
British Abstraction Flowers East Gallery, London
ISIS Gallery, Leigh on Sea
1993
Foster Harmon Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
Abstrategies, Dunedin Art Center, Dunedin, Florida
Summer Exhibition, Eve Mannes Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Inaugural Exhibition, Tate Gallery, St. Ives
1990
St. Ives Exhibition, Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan


Selected Public Collections:

Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Arts Council of Great Britain
American Express
Astra Zeneca, Boston, Massachussetts
Balliol College, Oxford
Barnett Bank, Florida
British Council
British Museum
Broward County Courthouse, Florida
Clearwater Federal, Clearwater, Florida
Coca-Cola World Headquarters, Florida
Contemporary Arts Society
Department of Management Services, Tallahassee, Florida
Department of Transportation, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Deutsche Morgan Grenfell
Education Authority, Hull
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Georgia
Florida House of Representatives, Tallahassee, Florida
Florida Power and Light, Miami, Florida
Florida State University Museum, Florida
Getty Center for the History of Art, Los Angeles, California
IBM Collection, Atlanta, Boca Raton, Florida and New York
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
Leeds City Museum
Leicester Museum and Art Gallery
Leon County Civic Center, Tallahassee, Florida
McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Northwest Regional Data Center, State University System, Florida
Orlando Aviation Authority, Florida
Park Bank, Sarasota, Florida
Pegasus Solutions, Dallas Texas
Philips International, Eindhoven, Holland
Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona
Playboy Corporation Collection, Chicago
Polk Museum, Florida
Prudential Insurance Collection
Regency Group Collection
Rouse Company Collection
Rugby Library, Gallery & Museum
Shearson Lehman Hutton Collection, New York
Slaughter and May, London
Southern Bell, Jacksonville, Florida
St. Anne's College, Oxford
St. Catherine's College, Oxford
Tate Gallery, London
Trinity College, Oxford
University of Leeds
University of Stirling
University of Sussex, Brighton
U.V.U Keleia Collection, Ljubljana
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Wakefield City Art Gallery
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Trevor Bell has lived and worked in England, France, Italy and Canada. In 1973, he left Cornwall for Florida and established a studio in Tallahassee Florida. He has works purchased and commissioned in numerous international museums, public and private collections. He returned to Cornwall in 1996 and has located his home and studios near Penzance, Cornwall. In 2000, the Tate Gallery St Ives exhibited his latest installation paintings, alongside selected canvases from the 1960's and 1970's.